Future focused

Fooball. Returning from the School Sport Australia National Championships, Circular Head Giant Lachlan Blakemore is prepared to work hard to achieve his goals.

Travelling to Perth, Western Australia with Tasmania’s Under 15 side last month, Lachlan was rotated throughout the forwardline and centre-halfback positions and also appeared as ruckman at the national titles.

“I think once I got into the speed of the game and competitiveness of it, I was right but the week took its toll on the body,” he says.

“I think the biggest thing was playing five games in seven days and trying to keep the body at 100 per cent.”

Adopting various cool down techniques as well as broadening his game knowledge, Lachlan says the championships have further motivated him.

“I learnt a lot about myself, as a footy player and as a person, on the trip as not everything went our way, but we had the ability to just keep fighting and fighting until the end.”

The 15-year-old said the experience gave him insight into what it takes to reach the highest level.

“Some of my short term goals are to become a better leader on and off the field, and to improve my diet and the way I go about things leading up to a game,” he says.

“My long term goals are to debut in the Tasmanian State League and to play for the Under 18 Mariners in three years’ time.

“I know what it’s going to take to achieve these goals and the hard work I need to do to make these achievable.”

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